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Module - Breast Ultrasound

This module will equip you with skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in breast ultrasound. Tuition is given by leading experts in the field. For those already in possession of a CASE accredited ultrasound qualification (PGCert or above) who wish to expand their scope of practice this module can be taken as a single module for continuing professional development.

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Course Overview

The overall aim of this module is to enable you to develop a thorough knowledge and understanding complex anatomy and physiology relating to breast ultrasound and the theoretical principles and applications of the more complex imaging techniques and associated pathology applied to this area.

Please note optional module choices are made by the placement and not you the student, and these are based fundamentally on patient caseload availability, mentor support and service need.

On this course you will...

  • Ensure students have a comprehensive understanding of Breast Ultrasound, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their areas of professional practice.
  • Develop the students’ enthusiasm for, and knowledge and understanding of, the continually expanding field of medical ultrasound by developing the transferable skills expected of the postgraduate student in health care who is able to recognise the interface between academic and applied clinical working and is able to manage and adapt to the rapidly changing technological, medico-legal and ethical frameworks of the National Health Service.
  • Ensure the students are both safe and proficient for first post competence (both in a subject specific way and having the evidence based techniques in their grasp to practice into the future as lifelong learners) in three or four clinical specialisms.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

The course will allow students to develop the knowledge and skills required to become a competent sonographer in Breast Ultrasound and is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) ensuring they meet national standards commensurate with similar/equivalent courses across the United Kingdom (UK). The programme team are respected nationally in their field and are currently research active. The team are actively involved in the development and maintenance of ultrasound education at a national level. The academic components for this course shares some modules with the medical imaging (ultrasound) programme. The medical imaging (ultrasound) programme is taught by a team of experienced ultrasound practitioners both in the university and clinical setting.


On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge and systematic critical understanding of the causes of sickness absence and the financial implications at organisational and national levels, with reference to primary research and national survey data.
  • Have a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the key processes used to manage sickness absence including the case management approach and the pivotal role of occupational health (OH) in managing these processes, highlighting where professional or ethical dilemmas could occur.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of professional standards when undertaking a sickness absence review in the context of a complex assessment.
  • Critically examine the evidence base on which OH advice is provided to managers in relation to a common cause of sickness absence, using a range of published media.

Indicative core bibliography

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development-
  • Health & Safety Executive -
  • Kloss, D. (2010) Occupational Health Law 6th Edition London: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Lewis, J. & Thornbory, G. (2010) Employment Law & Occupational Health Law 2nd Edition London: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Oakley, K. (2008) Occupational Health Nursing 3rd Edition London: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Thornbory, G & Everton S (2018) Contemporary Occupational Health Practice. London: Routledge


  • Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine
  • Occupational Health
  • Occupational Health at Work
  • Personnel Today

Breast Ultrasound

  • HMSU7069 Breast Ultrasound (Theory)
  • HMSU9069 Breast Ultrasound (Clinical Practice)

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